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Vol. 4 / Issue 5 / March 14 2002

Contents of this issue

Editorial
I will build your house
Prayer Request
Reader's Mail
Regional Conference 2002
Annual Family and Youth Conference

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

Matthew 5:21-22, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire."

Today, murdering people, shooting, killing has become a fashion. Even small kids use guns and other harmful weapons. Few years back in Chicago one summer afternoon when Ice Cream van came in front of a house few youngsters opened fire and killed one man and injured many. When they were asked why they did it, their reply was, "We did it for fun."

Almost ten years back in India Hindu fanatics demolished the 16th century Babri Mosque that resulted violence and riots. Many were killed in the name of religion. Last month again the riots started between Hindus and Muslims and killed more than 700 people. Now Hindu activist are ready to go to Ayodhya on 15th of this month and built Hindu temple on the same spot where once Muslim mosque stood. Why it should happen? It seems that no value of life left in this world. They are ready to kill each other and die themselves. But the Bible says that murder is sin and the Bible also says that murderer will not go to heaven no matter how you justify the act of murder.

Bible tells us about Shechem the Hivite, prince of the country where Jacob went to stay, he raped Jacob's daughter Dinah. When sons of Jacob heard all these things they got very angry. They tricked Shechem and said we are ready to give our sister if every male among them is circumcised. And Bible further says in Genesis 34:25-26, "Now it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came boldly upon the city and killed all the males. And they killed Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem's house, and went out."

Further we read in Genesis 34:30-31, 'Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have troubled me by making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and since I am few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and kill me. I shall be destroyed, my household and I. But they said, "Should he treat our sister like a harlot?"

Of course they had a just cause of their violence but it did not please God or Jacob. When Jacob was about to die he prophesied about his twelve sons in which he spoke about Simon and Levi like this in Genesis 49:5-7, "Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.

Yes, God hates violence and innocent killings. Take the example of Cain. Cain and His brother Abel both brought the sacrifice for God. God accepted the sacrifice of Able and rejected the sacrifice of Cain. When Cain saw that his sacrifice was not accepted, he got very angry and finally killed his brother Abel. His brother annoyed him so he had just cause to kill him but did it please God? Of course not! God cursed him as we read in Genesis 4:10-12, And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth."

If you think that you are killing others because Muslims or Christians or Hindus have offended you and it is just cause but let me tell you that God is not happy with what you are doing. Bible says in Genesis 9:6, "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man."

But if you turn to God and repent from your sins God will forgive you and give you a new life.

I will build your house

By Sherly Isaac

Psalms 127:1, "Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain."

Bible tells us in this verse that unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain. Today many homes are broken and many are at the brink of divorce. The reason is very simple, when they built their home They never asked God who will be the right person for their life partner. They never took the counsel of God as we read in Isaiah 30:1, "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin."

Yes, many have built their homes without the counsel of God or Holy Spirit and they are at the brink of their marriages. They do not know what to do now. But if you turn to God and ask His help, He will certainly help you.

I remember how broken our home was. Our teatime or dinnertime was always turned into heated debates and ended up in fighting. It wasn't one day's problem but everyday it continued. Finally we invited Jesus in our lives and in our home, when Jesus came into our lives and our home, He changed everything. He removed every quarrel from our home and gave peace joy and happiness that world cannot give.

But the other side when a person asks God to build his/her home or when a person takes counsel from God for his marriage, God shows right person. That home cannot be shaken because it is built on the rock of ages - Jesus Christ Himself. If you want a blessed home, if you want a happy home wait on God until He guides you for particular person.

Prayer Request

It's for my brother Jai Krishnan age 36 that you should pray for .He has developed a rare illness since '99. till now the correct diagnosis hasn't been done. Medicines including steroids are being administered on him. More over business is also not picking up after a tremendous set back. I would be so thankful if you could include him also in your prayers.
Indu

Dear Brother/Sister in christ.
Please pray for the 24hrs PRAYER MINISTRY CSI-DM&R,
1. Through the Prayer Ministry involvement in the CSI churches may make a different in the Prayer life among the members, family, fellowship and in meetings.
2. Pray for the development of the Prayer Ministry and the needs of the ministry may be fulfilled.
3. Pray for its all programmes and meetings especially every month "Povarnami Nela Prayer Meeting."
4. All churches leaders and Christians involvement in this ministry. Join in hands pray for the needs of the individuals, groups, and Nations. Thank you,
Yours faithfully,
S.Raveendran

Reader's Mail

Thanks for the good and interesting editorial. Keep up the good works.
May God bless you all.
Rev Dr H M Duke

Hello,
I am a pentecostal believer from Gujarat, India. I am really thankful for sending me your good messages. Really all messages are thought provoking and inspiring.
Mathew

Regional Conference 2002

Regional conference will be held at the beautiful campus of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Michigan.

Hosted by
FIRST C.S.I CONGREGATION OF MICHIGAN
19476 CASCADE DR.,
BROWNSTOWN, MI 48192

Date: May 17-19, 2002

Theme: "Jesus Christ is our Peace" Eph. 2:14"

For more details please contact:
Rev. Itty Mathews, Vicar & President
(734)479-4945
Email: ittymathews@hotmail.com
Mathew Oommen, convenor
(248)649-5458

Annual Family and Youth Conference

XVI Annual CSI Family and Youth Conference, Hosted by Emmanuel CSI Church, Philadelphia

Friends,
This years Family and Youth Conference will be held at the Pocono Manor Inn, Pocono Manor PA 18349, from July 4th - 7th.

The Moderator Most Rev. Dr KJ Samuel will preside. The new Bishop of Central Kerala Diocese Rt Rev. Thomas Samuel will also be a leader. The main speaker is Rev Valson Thampu of St Stephen's College Delhi a well known author and preacher of Maramon Convention fame. Pastor Robbie Sortino and Scott Armstrong will lead the Youth sessions. Many dignitaries and officers of the CSI are also expected to attend.

The program will be mostly interactive and there will be a special revival meeting on Saturday night. There will be a Talent show on Friday night. The program will allow for plenty of time to socialize or to go sight seeing.

The venue is panoramic, scenic and relaxing. The accommodation is comfortable and the cuisine tasteful. The room availability now is limited as we have been receiving good response to our early registration drive. Registrations will close on April 14th due to limited space at the hotel.

Please visit our website www.emmanuelcsi.com or download and print the registration form from www.2002conference.csichurch.org/

For details call Convener Koshy Ittyeipe at 610 363 3967 or e- mail: koshy@libertynet.org
We look forward to seeing you there
Koshy Ittyeipe
Convener

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.



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